The graduate program in molecular, cellular and developmental biology (MCDB) is designed to provide students with diverse opportunities for acquiring a strong foundation in these areas of modern biology and applying it toward the generation of new knowledge through research.

All students are expected to acquire training in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell structure and function, genetics, and developmental biology through laboratory research, coursework and teaching. Students are also expected to participate in the intellectual life of the department through regular attendance at seminars and the weekly research talks of students and postdoctoral fellows (MMB—Mostly Molecular Biology), and by participating in journal clubs.